WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the approval of nearly $3 million in funding for collaborative research and development projects aimed at addressing nuclear security challenges. The projects, financed by NNSA’s Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program, will be managed jointly through the intergovernmental International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), located in the Russian Federation, and the Science and Technology Center (STCU) in Ukraine.
Most of the projects funded by NNSA will partner U.S. and foreign scientists to collaborate in areas that directly support the goals announced at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, as well as related priorities under the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the G8 Global Partnership Against Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.
“The NNSA Strategic Plan calls for partnering with the international community to impede the spread of nuclear weapons technology, materials and information,” said Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “Our engagement of scientists around the world is an important tool in this international partnering effort. By leveraging our unique scientific knowledge and skills, we can advance our nuclear security agenda and directly support the international effort to fulfill the goals of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.”
The GIPP program mitigates the risk of expertise proliferation through science and technology collaboration and partnerships among foreign research institutions, U.S. national laboratories and U. S. industry to develop innovative technology solutions in such priority areas as nonproliferation, counterterrorism and energy security. The program leverages private sector support involving more than 150 U.S. industry partners to date, which have collectively provided more than $280 million in matching, in-kind, and cash contributions to the projects.
The GIPP-sponsored projects approved at the recent ISTC and STCU Governing Board Meetings include:
Scientist engagement contributes to other Department of Energy objectives as well, such as energy technology development and environmental safety. The GIPP-sponsored cooperative science projects approved at the ISTC and STCU Governing Boards also include:
The ISTC and STCU are intergovernmental organizations, established in the mid-1990s, to deter the spread of WMD knowledge by engaging scientists and technicians in peaceful, cooperative research activities. The United States is a member of both organizations, and the combined membership of the two centers includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Norway, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.